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Rethinking Dance History
Issues and Methodologies





ISBN 9781138682917
Published June 21, 2017 by Routledge
258 Pages

 
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Book Description

The need to ‘rethink’ and question the nature of dance history has not diminished since the first edition of Rethinking Dance History. This revised second edition addresses the needs of an ever-evolving field, with new contributions considering the role of digital media in dance practice; the expansion of performance philosophy; and the increasing importance of practice-as-research. A two-part structure divides the book’s contributions into:

• Why Dance History? – the ideas, issues and key conversations that underpin any study of the history of theatrical dance.

• Researching and Writing – discussions of the methodologies and approaches behind any successful research in this area.

Everyone involved with dance creates and carries with them a history, and this volume explores the ways in which these histories might be used in performance-making – from memories which establish identity to re-invention or preservation through shared and personal heritages. Considering the potential significance of studying dance history for scholars, philosophers, choreographers, dancers and students alike, Rethinking Dance History is an essential starting point for anyone intrigued by the rich history and many directions of dance.

Table of Contents

Contents

Notes on Contributors

Preface

Part One

INTRODUCTION: WHY DANCE HISTORY?

Geraldine Morris and Larraine Nicholas

  1. MEMORY, HISTORY AND THE SENSORY BODY: DANCE, TIME, IDENTITY
  2. Larraine Nicholas

  3. CARA TRANDERS'S REVERIES
  4. By herself

  5. BEYOND FIXITY: AKRAM KHAN ON THE POLITICS OF DANCING HERITAGES
  6. Royona Mitra

  7. AFRICAN-AMERICAN DANCE REVISITED: UNDOING MASTER NARRATIVES IN THE STUDYING AND TEACHING OF DANCE HISTORY
  8. Takiyah Nur Amin

  9. DANCE WORKS, CONCEPTS AND HISTORIOGRAPHY
  10. Anna Pakes

  11. RECONSTRUCTION AND DANCE AS EMBODIED TEXTUAL PRACTICE
  12. Helen Thomas

  13. PRESERVING THE REPERTORY AND EXTENDING THE HERITAGE OF MERCE CUNNINGHAM
  14. Karen Eliot

  15. MAKING DANCE HISTORY LIVE — PERFORMING THE PAST

Henrietta Bannerman

Part Two

INTRODUCTION: RESEARCHING AND WRITING

Geraldine Morris and Larraine Nicholas

  1. DESTABILISING THE DISCIPLINE: CRITICAL DEBATES ABOUT HISTORY AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE STUDY OF DANCE
  2. Alexandra Carter

  3. DECOLONISING DANCE HISTORY
  4. Prarthana Purkayastha

  5. MANY SOURCES, MANY VOICES
  6. Lena Hammergren

  7. ‘DREAM NO SMALL DREAMS!’: IMPOSSIBLE IMAGINARIES IN DANCE COMMUNITY ARCHIVING IN A DIGITAL AGE
  8. Astrid von Rosen

  9. WHEN PLACE MATTERS: PROVINCIALIZING THE ‘GLOBAL’
  10. Emily E. Wilcox

  11. CONSIDERING CAUSATION AND CONDITIONS OF POSSIBILITY: PRACTITIONERS AND PATRONS OF NEW DANCE IN PROGRESSIVE-ERA AMERICA
  12. Linda J. Tomko

  13. ‘DANCIN' IN THE STREET’: STREET DANCING ON FILM AND VIDEO FROM FRED ASTAIRE TO MICHAEL JACKSON
  14. Beth Genné

  15. JUDSON: REDUX AND REMIX
  16. Marcia B. Siegel

  17. RUTH PAGE, FEMININE SUBJECTIVITY, AND GENERIC SUBVERSION
  18. Joellen A. Meglin

  19. EXTENSIONS: ALONZO KING AND BALLET’S LINES
  20. Jill Nunes Jensen

  21. GISELLE AND THE GOTHIC: CONTESTING THE ROMANTIC IDEALISATION OF THE WOMAN

Geraldine Morris

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Editor(s)

Biography

Geraldine Morris is a Reader in Dance and Programme Leader of the MA in Ballet Studies at the University of Roehampton.

Larraine Nicholas is Honorary Research Fellow in the Dance Department at the University of Roehampton.